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United National Party leadership aspirant Sajith Premadasa says though he has accepted the party reform package, which includes for the first time the election of party leader, it was done under protest as his own recommendation to broad base party elections by even allowing provincial council and local authority members the right to vote had been unfairly left out by not including it in the minutes of the working committee and even his written protests against such acts have not been recorded. UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake, however, counters many of these charges as being false and is calling on the media to leave room for reconciliation in the party instead of raking up the divisive issues minutes of the working committee and even his written protests against such acts have not been recorded


Sajith not totally happy with approved reforms

Politics with development ‘is order of the day’

Q: Your statement that the decision of the last working committee meeting of the UNP left everyone victorious has led some to believe that you have struck a deal with leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and you will settle for the post of deputy leader.
Sajith: It is pure speculation and humbug.

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Give us room to forge reconciliation: UNP secretary

Any party must uphold its rules, says Tissa

Q: Sajith Premadasa’s prime complaint is that you all did not put his proposal to allow provincial council and local authority members the voting right at party elections, before the working committee for adoption into the new constitution.
Attanayake:
The party reforms committee headed by Joseph Michael Perera received various recommendations.

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This is not the time to make demands – Hakeem

SLMC leader rejects opposition fears of ‘one-party state’

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress’s announcement to join the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in a bid to become a stakeholder in Sri Lanka’s development process has certainly irked some and left many questions unanswered. The Nation, in an exclusive interview with party leader Rauf Hakeem, details the reasons, the rumours and the SLMC’s future plans.

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Interview with Farah Pandith, US Representative to Muslim Communities

BUILDING BRIDGES IN HI-TECH SOCIETY

By Shabna Cader
It was by chance that I happened to meet Farah Pandith, the first ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the US Department of State a few days ago.
I honestly had no clue as to what was expected of me when I was asked to meet her on one occasion and interview her on another. As baffled as I was, that one round-table discussion remained etched in my mind for the days that followed.

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